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Updated: 06/13/2014 08:00:01AM

Hey dads, be safe on the water!

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The U.S. Coast Guard announces its top safety gifts and stocking stuffer ideas for the holiday season, Dec. 8.Being prepared for emergencies by having the proper safety like life jackets, flares and an emergency way of communication can help boaters in Alaska be prepaired if an emergency should arise.U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Walter Shinn

By Dave Neilsen

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 With Father’s Day just days away, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary offers some gift ideas for fathers and boaters everywhere to help them stay safe — all year long.

One of the best gift ideas for boaters is to sign them up for a safe boating education course. Knowledge is power, and it has been statistically shown that boaters who have taken a safety class are far less likely to be involved in a boating mishap or fatality.

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